Playlistings in Toronto for the week of May 22nd

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of May 22nd, 2017

On Toronto stages this week a “powerful mosaic” dedicated to Black women continues, some Bad Jews gather in battle, and office drama comes to life. Plus, of course (this is Toronto, after all), so much more. Here to pick out a few promising shows in red is our managing editor Wayne. Check them out below the cut:

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Review: The Play About The Baby (Seven Siblings Theatre)

Intimate production of Edward Albee play takes to the Toronto stage

If you’re in the mood to grab a few drinks at a fine Queen West establishment, have a some hearty laughs, and then seriously question the fabric of your reality, then boy have I got a play for you: Toronto Indie theater company Seven Siblings Theatre‘s production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-nominated show, The Play About The Baby.

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Review: Onegin (The Musical Stage Company)

The Musical Stage Company presents the new Canadian musical Onegin, on stage in Toronto

I had never heard of the musical Onegin, now on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre produced by The Musical Stage Company, until I saw a flyer for the production stuffed in the program of a show I saw last month. The musical is based on the poem Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky and is a tale of pride, love, and scorn set in wintry Russia. This musical is fun and lively, the cast is remarkable… but it just didn’t pull on all the right heart strings for me.

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Review: Caesar (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective)

A troupe of five take on the many characters of the Bard’s Caesar on stage in Toronto

In a dank, creepy basement accessed via a back alley in Kensington, I sat down in a folding chair with a sense of wariness to see Wolf Manor Theatre Collective‘s take on Caesar. Happily, I need not have worried: dedicated performances from the five person ensemble carry the narrative in a tight grip. Continue reading Review: Caesar (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective)

Write for us! Coverage of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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Mooney on Theatre is looking for folks to review shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival, which runs from July 5 – 16, 2017.

In many ways, Fringe Festivals embody what Mooney on Theatre holds dear: making theatre more accessible. The Fringe features inexpensive shows attended by a wide range of people, many of whom are not theatregoers the rest of the year.

With this in mind, we put an intense amount of effort into providing as much coverage of the Toronto Fringe Festival as we can. To get an idea of what that coverage looks like, check out the Fringe Festival category on this site.

Among other things, this coverage includes reviewing each show in a relatively substantive way by the end of the first weekend. This task takes a lot of writers. Each year, to make it happen, we bring on additional contributors. Maybe this year that will be you.

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Review: Dom Juan (Théâtre Français de Toronto)

Théâtre Français de Toronto’s Dom Juan is a funny, accessible take on Moliere’s classic play

I find that classical theatre can sometimes be difficult to understand. There are often unfamiliar situations depicted with flowery, archaic language. Théâtre Français de Toronto’s production of Molière‘s Dom Juan (on stage at Berkeley Street Theatre), however, is an accessible take on a classic of the French repertoire. Director Joël Beddow makes this old-fashioned tale of transgression engaging and relevant. Continue reading Review: Dom Juan (Théâtre Français de Toronto)

Playlistings in Toronto for the week of May 15th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of May 15th, 2017

Get ready to sing and dance, Toronto! On our lovely city’s stages this week is a veritable smorgasbord of ballroom, opera, burlesque, and literature told through music. There’s also a thriller about a serial killer who was caught in Toronto, some Shakespeare, and much more. Don’t worry, our assistant editor Jess is on hand to pick out a few promising shows in red. Check them out below the cut:

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Review: for colored girls… (Soulpepper)

Photo of the cast of For Colored Girls... by Cylla Von TiedemannThis striking performance blends poetry, music and movement, on stage in Toronto

I’ve never seen an audience rise to their feet as fast as they did for Soulpepper Theatre‘s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf. As resonate now as it was in 1976, Director Djanet Sears and an exceptionally talented cast does a commendable job bringing this iconic and important production to the Toronto stage.

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